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NUM declares wage dispute with Amplats

NUM is demanding a wage increase of 14.5%, while the mine is offering 6.75%.

FILE: Anglo American Platinum mine in Rustenburg. Picture: AFP.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has confirmed that it's officially declared a wage dispute with top platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum, after negotiations deadlocked.

The NUM is demanding a wage increase of 14.5 percent, while the mine is offering 6.75%.



Negotiations began last month.

The union, whose members comprise about a fifth of the workforce at Amplats, had originally sought a 20% wage increase.

The NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu says: "We can confirm that the NUM has declared a wage dispute with Anglo American Platinum after the deadlock of the wage negotiations."